Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them : How to Keep Your Tractors Happy and Your Family Running

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I've read all of Roger Welsch's books about restoring antique tractors (or tractor, since he's only interested in the Allis Chalmers model WC) and love them. They're all very similar so I'm going to use this basic review for all of them; they're not so much an actual guide to restoring tractors so much as they are a discussion of restoring tractors. They're humorous, they're personal, and it's much more about personal philosophy, attitude, and the love of tinkering with things than an actual how-to.
So there is no "first remove the cover plate, which will expose the flywheel and pinion rod bearings. Using a 15/16" 6-sided socket, remove the four bolts on the bearing plate. Be careful not to twist off the heads as they may be rusted."
Instead, there is a discussion of twisted-off heads, the frustration of removing broken bolts with various tools and techniques which do not work but still need to be tried anyway because some day, one of them really will work. And there is some actual advice on tools to acquire, friends to make and avoid, how to run an engine in a shop without asphyxiating yourself, and how to buy tools and project tractors while still remaining married.
Some of the actual infomation in here is obsolete (mailing lists, websites and mail-order outfits all come and go), which is why it's often better as a bathroom-reader than a shop manual. But it's full of good advice and food for thought. And frankly a lot of the information is just as good if you're working on a car or almost anything mechanical.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
Getting Started
21
The Shop
47
Tools
56
Safety Equipment
86
Supplies
94
Resources
102
Breaking Loose A Happy Lad at Work in His Shop
123
Tractor Clubs and Associations
147
Tools and Parts
150
Operators Owners and Technical Manuals
155
Index
160
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